A celebration of Tottenham is taking place in a feast of displays, murals, installations and a special procession involving primary school children.
Called Tottenham Now the event focuses on the theme of migration, journeys and home and is centred around two local spots: Page Green Common – around the junction of Broad Lane and the High Road – and just up the road at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.
In the common an old Transport for London air vent has been transformed into a colourful artwork by graphic artist Lakwena which spells out the words, ‘We Stand Together’. Children from Earlsmead Primary School in Broad Lane have also decorated cartons to hang in the trees nearby featuring images and phrases personal to them.
The schoolchildren have also worked with local performance artist Kazuko Hohki to create an exhibition of flags currently on display at the arts centre.
“We made these flags to represent the journey some of our family members made from other countries,” said Ljubica, aged ten, proudly showing her flag. “My father was born in Germany and my mother is English so I included a German and an English flag and also fish and chips for the English! I live in Tottenham Hale and am proud of Tottenham.”
“My dream is to live in France one day so I included the Eiffel Tower, a bakery and someone painting on mine!” said Millie, aged ten.
On Monday evening the flag-making youngsters took part in a procession organised by Kazuko around Tottenham Green, culminating in singing and dancing in the courtyard outside the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. Each child held part of a string of purple flags to reiterate the theme of journeys and how our community is linked together.
Audience members could then pop into the arts centre to see the other displays including: a striking mural made by youngsters from Park View Academy and an audio installation featuring interviews from parents and staff members at Earlsmead. To complete the festival a Tottenham Now magazine has been created by students from Ada National College of Digital Skills.
“It has been amazing and the artistic programme has been so diverse to reflect our diverse community” said Bernie Grant’s artistic director Pete Courtie. “And the youngsters have not only produced some extraordinary work but shown real commitment to the project.”
The exhibition can be seen at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in the High Road until Sunday, July 15.